"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday 25 October 2015


This morning ,the question is.... "If you were American, could you decide how to vote ?" 

A song comes to mind....." We're  having a heat wave, A tropical heat wave." 

I have no idea how that happens.... whether it's lyric, melody or  rythm...a line of song or nursery rhyme always pops into my head. 

I really enjoy watching American politicians. Like somebody said ...every one is an Oscar performance. 

The Watergate Hearings with Sam Ervine in the Chair got me hooked.

Every actor is immaculately groomed. Roles are played to the hilt. Ambiguity is not an American concept. They know their audience and what's expected of them. Voices  are clear. Thoughts 
precisely articulated 

With script writers and voice coaches ,they could not perform better. 

Had I been voting in the last American election  Hillary would have been my choice. 

Barak Obama had star quality but neither the connections nor the experience necessary. Presideng Lyndon Johnstone proved how much that mattered. 

In the last four years Hillary has improved her skills. 

I do not claim to have more than a surface knowledge of the scope of the job. T.V shows are obviously not a good model. Clearly it's complicated and intricate and fraught with potential pit-falls. 

I think  it may even be impossible on occasion.  

Obama stood alongside Joe Biden when the Vice Presideng announced he would not be a candidate and at the same time took  Candidate Hillary to task for her position on a free trade deal that isn't yet.

I don't think that was presidential. 

Hillary ignored the snub and gave assurance of Joe Biden's continuing contribution. At that moment and in stark contrast,she stood head and shoulders above the pair of them. 

It's always disappointing  when a person in high office doesn't rise to the office. Such a wasted opportunity. So much more than a simple failure. 

It's what a person has to give that matters. 

Hillary took nothing away from either of them.  On that day, she gave them more than their due.

Senator Bernie Sanders is a story in himself. He puts the lie to the understanding the Democratic Party is everything it claims to be. Thousands of Americans are turning out to show their support for his message. 

I read a story once about an alliance between a police department and the criminal element  in a city.
I don't remember the name just that the alliance gave the administration  the only possible opportunity to exercise control over crime in the city. 

It was fiction of course. 


Anonymous said...

Your depiction of Barak Obama is exactly that of Justin Trudeau

Anonymous said...

Most of their candidates could have been taken from Mad Magazine. The democrats. either hillary or Saunders, should
take it.
@ 13:41
Wrong. Trudeau HAS the connections. That election is over by the way.

Anonymous said...

You should devote some space, separate columns, to Merkel, Xi, Hollande, Mugabe, Cameron, Putin, Abe, Mori.

It might be educational and would expand our little North American minds.

How many readers can identify the above?

Anonymous said...

"I really enjoy watching American politicians."

I do all I can to avoid it.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Sorry, 13:41, that whole "he's just not ready" crap didn't fly, now did it?

Anonymous said...

And Obama didn't have the connections?

Anonymous said...

Best entertainment on tv right now!

Anonymous said...

The comment was talking about leadership.
You can be educated, experience and all the best and talented people around you, but without leadership qualities you won't be that successful at the helm.

Anonymous said...

Too soon to put a grade on that, And I do not expect all to agree with whatever grade is given,